Mobile Devices: Find the Most Suitable Portable Device @ Reward Me

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If you still think a tablet is something you take to relieve pain then read on.


Tablet

What is it? A tablet is smaller than a notebook computer but larger than a smart phone. The touch screen means most of your interaction will be through tapping the screen, and dragging and ‘pinching’ the display.

It is perfect for business use. You can browse the internet, create and share presentations, stay connected to your corporate email, and video conference with clients (it should have a front-facing camera). It’s also ideal for watching movies, playing games, sharing photos, downloading books and much more.

Most tablets will give you about 10 hours of battery life, depending on what you’re doing.

The various tablets on the market are available in two sizes: seven-inch and 10-inch and most can be used with a Bluetooth keyboard, which makes typing a lot easier.

Why use a tablet? Tablets are excellent for accessing and using, or consuming, a variety of media. The screen size makes reading online material a great experience and if you like to read imported magazines, buying the electronic version is cheaper than the paper one. Tablets are great for email and web browsing and there are many games that are available for all ages.


Amazon Kindle

What is it? Think of a Kindle as a whole library in a portable device. It is able to store thousands of e-books, which is perfect if you’re always running out of room to store your books at home. This electronic book reader, or e-reader, has a high-tech ‘virtual ink’ display that makes the whole thing possible.

The Kindle sends an electrical charge into the electronic ink that makes the particles move up or down, creating the ink-like appearance of images and words on the screen. This black-and-white display means that the Kindle has a very long battery life, with weeks going by before it needs to be recharged.

The Kindle is the most popular e-reader because it connects to the Amazon e-book store, which is the largest online bookstore in the world. You can also get newspapers and some magazines for the Kindle. You can bookmark pages, highlight text and even look up definitions in the Kindle’s electronic dictionary. You can ‘dog-ear’ a page that you’re reading, and if you’re in a hurry, the Kindle can remember the last page you read. You can also play audio files such as audio books or MP3s.

How does it work? The Kindle stores books in its internal memory and displays the pages on its screen. It has built-in wireless technology that allows you to connect it to your home or office Wi-Fi to buy and download books. The 3G version allows you to do this without Wi-Fi, so you can buy a book while you’re sitting on the beach.

Smartphone

There’s no simple definition for the ‘smartphone’. It used to mean ‘you can read your email on it’, but nowadays it generally means it has a touch interface, full internet browser capabilities and functions like Wi-Fi and GPS.

Smartphones let you run applications downloaded from the various app stores, depending on the operating system of the handset.

There are hundreds of thousands of applications available which can do everything from providing more than a week’s weather forecasts to doing conversions (useful for converting ounces to grams when baking).



Nice to know

App An app is a program that you load and use to do something, for example, surf the web, play games and so on.

Widget A widget is a desktop shortcut to a program. For example, a weather widget periodically downloads and updates weather information to your phone and a social networking widget collects your contacts’ updates from Facebook, Twitter and other services you’re subscribed to and shows these from a single area on the home screen.

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It is perfect for business use. You can browse the internet, create and share presentations, stay connected to your corporate email, and video conference with clients (it should have a front-facing camera). It’s also ideal for watching movies, playing games, sharing photos, downloading books and much more.

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